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Study Examines the High Rate of Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking

binge drinking Researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have released a study that shows that adults in the United States are consuming far more alcohol than is considered safe. In fact, the study states that almost 32 million people over the age of 18 consume more alcohol than the already dangerous limits of binge drinking. Binge drinking occurs when a male consumes more than five drinks, and a female consumes more than four drinks. New data shows that millions of people are drinking twice these numbers and it is having an impact on their bodies and society.

“Drinking at such high levels can suppress areas of the brain that control basic life-support functions such as breathing and heart rate, thereby increasing one’s risk of death. The risk increases further is other sedative drugs, particularly opioids or benzodiazepines are added to the mix,” said Aaron White, one of the authors of the study. Additionally, people who binge drink are more likely to engage in risky decision-making, violence and even suicide. The side was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

And this amount of drinking is not only affecting people’s personally, but society as well. In fact, the toll that alcohol-related deaths, accidents, crime, and sickness take on the community can be in the billions.

Despite these dangers, many people are still turning to excessive amounts of alcohol. The study showed that 7 percent of participants reported consuming 15 or more drinks in one sitting. Further investigation showed that the amount of people consuming this much alcohol has risen since the last study, which was conducted in 2002. So, researchers can see that more adults are participating in dangerous levels of alcohol consumption, but it is unclear why this is occurring.

In addition to more education and prevention efforts, we must provide more successful alcohol treatment programs to assist those in need. If you have a loved one battling an alcohol problem such as binge drinking or daily dependency, contact us today to find out more about our rehab center.

Study Shows Smartphone App Can Help With Sobriety

jamapsychsoberappAs technology is becoming more personalized with various mobile applications for smartphones, researchers are also developing more ways for them to be beneficial. Now a recent study appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for psychiatry has examined an app that is used to help alcoholics remain sober following treatment.

This particular app was developed at Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and is called the Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (A-CHESS). The study compared 349 patients who met criteria for alcohol dependence. They all entered a residential treatment center, and then about half were given the app to assist with follow-up and recovery support.

The self-reported measurements were taken at 4, 8 and 12 months following discharge from the residential program. The A-CHESS app provided monitoring, information, communication and support services to patients who had it, including ways for them to stay in contact with treatment professionals as well as other members of support groups.

The results showed that those with the app showed considerably less percentage of risky drinking days than those who did not have it. The conclusion of the study was that having applications such as this one (which isn’t available commercially yet) can have a very positive impact on improving sobriety rates.

As reported by the Associated Press, one study participant said that it was “an absolutely amazing tool,” and that he was able to contact others who went through treatment with him for support. The connectivity function for both peers in recovery as well as counselors couple with the continual reminders of the goal of sobriety as well.

ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas Talks About Her Alcoholism

evargasLongtime ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas sat down with co-worker George Stephanopoulos to talk about her battle with alcoholism. Vargas, 51, stated that she started drinking heavily late in life in an attempt to deal with her anxiety and daily stress.

Despite what she said was her exhausting efforts to hide her problem, she revealed that her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, knew better. “You have a problem. You’re an alcoholic,” he told her, which she said made her “really angry, really angry. But he was right.”

It usually takes family members to say something and intervene on someone’s substance abuse problems. In this case, Vargas eventually agreed to get help and entered a treatment facility for several weeks last fall. She said she still continues with her recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Vargas claims that she is “learning to accept that I’m human, that there’s nothing wrong with failing, that there’s nothing wrong with feeling anxiety.”

When she took her leave of absence to get help, an ABC spokesperson stated, “We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery. We look forward to having her back home at ABC News, where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can.”

Vargas seems to have a lot of understanding and support from her co-anchors as well, and she says she is now ready to get back to work. Hopefully, her courage to admit her problem, seek appropriate treatment and then share her story will prompt others to get help as well.

Drinking and Walking Proves Dangerous, Too

pedestrianA recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that more than a third of the pedestrians who died in a traffic accident had blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher.

Of the more than 4,000 people who perished, 37 percent were at or above the legal limit for driving. Nearly half of the pedestrians killed between the ages of 21 and 54 were at .08 or above. This shows that impairment by alcohol can be deadly even if not driving, as people can wander out into the street, misjudge oncoming traffic and put themselves at risk in other ways as well.

Overall, alcohol was involved in a reported 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities, when drivers’ blood alcohol content was included.

The NHTSA has launched a new initiative, called Everyone Is A Pedestrian, that includes grants for cities that have the highest pedestrian fatalities.

Alcohol continues to be the most abused substance in our country and one of the deadliest. If you know of someone in need of help for alcohol addiction, contact Desert Cove Recovery today for information about effective treatment options.